WinField Solutions Chief Operations Officer Mike Vande Logt (left) and Kenny Cordell (right), President & CEO, Pinnacle Ag Holdings, keynoted the
conference. With more than 33 years in the agricultural sector – 23 with Land
’O Lakes – Mr. Vande Logt offered his seasoned and experienced perspective on "Trends in Ag Retail," specifically how ag retailers can better advise farmers on
meeting consumer demands. Mr. Cordell discuss Pinnacle’s business strategy, flaws within the ag retail distribution system and the future of consolidation within the retail sector. Listen to Cordell's presentation...
Precision growers Brad Murray, Byron Seward and Jeff Wilson anchored a moderated panel
discussion on precision agriculture. The group examined how ag retailers can
best support the agronomic, technological and mechanical needs of
ultra-precision farmers. Audio from the panel discussion...
Following the logistical challenges that plagued the Upper
Midwest and Great Plains last winter and spring, Dan Mack with CHS and Scott
Mickey with CGB sought to answer the question: “Dude, Where’s My Rail Car?”
during their breakout session.
Morral Companies’ John Oster, Yargus Manufacturing’s Anne
Sheehy and Judy Stulken with South Dakota Wheat Growers explored “Talent in Your Backyard.” The trio presented examples on how to build successful
relationships with area high schools and local community colleges to attract talented,
Randy Krotz, CEO of the U.S. Farmers &
Ranchers Alliance, discussed how to spread the positive message of today’s
agriculture within your community using language that resonates with consumers. Dr. Howard Brown, Agronomy Services Manager
with GROWMARK addressed nutrient loading and Mississippi River water quality
issues during his presentation: "MOM and the Mississippi."
Rob Myers, North Central Region Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Regional Director for Extension Programs, discussed how adding cover crops to your ag retail business can help add to your bottom line during his presentation "Cover Your Assets: The Business Case for Cover Crops".
Tim Cansler, Executive Director of ResponsibleAg, presented an update on the status of its fertilizer safety stewarship initiative, which launched facility registration during the conference. "Nuts and Bolts of ResponsibleAg" introduced attendees to the processes and procedures for registering as a ResponsibleAg retailer and supplier. Participating facilities will have three years to complete an assessment by a ResponsibleAg-certified auditor.